Verstappen penalised, Räikkönen third
22 October 2017 – Max Verstappen has been issued with a five-second time penalty after stewards at the United States Grand Prix deemed that he cut the track in a last-lap move on Kimi Räikkönen.
Verstappen battled with Räikkönen on the final lap and made a move into Turn 17, as Räikkönen struggled with increasingly worn tyres.
Verstappen grabbed the inside line but was judged to have cut the inside kerb in doing so, putting all four wheels off the circuit.
Verstappen crossed the line in third but stewards quickly investigated the move and issued a five-second time penalty, relegating him to fourth, behind Räikkönen.
Verstappen was informed of the decision in the podium ante-room, and he was duly requested to leave, with the waiting Räikkönen taking his place.
The Dutch youngster was also handed one penalty point, bringing his rolling 12-month total to four.
"Obviously I was pretty disappointed just after the race when I thought I'd finished fourth but there was some issue with Max obviously," said Räikkönen.
"It was a great race, my car was very good all the way, we just had some fuel saving at the end so we had to back off but the car was working very good."